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Philips recalls inaccurate foetal heart-rate monitors

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Philips Healthcare has recalled its Avalon foetal monitors after it received complaints of inaccurate readings during ultrasound procedures. According to Philips, “the types of inaccuracies described in these complaints reflect known limitations inherent to ultrasound foetal heart rate monitoring”. However, the company did say that inaccurate readings could lead to unnecessary interventions, such as C-section delivery, and ultimately serious injury or death to the mother or foetus. The recall, which was issued in November, has just been made public by the FDA.

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